Conference, Reflections

AID & Me 2017

This year’s AID & Me asked how the ideas we gain through AID can influence everyday decisions we make.  Can we segregate AID from our lives?  Should we?  Does e-activism make any difference?  Watch the cast toss around these questions and poke good-natured fun at the year in AID.





The importance of being there

“The saddest part about this whole thing,” said Karthik Ranganathan, “was that I was the only outsider there.”  He was talking about an incident in the Ejipura neighborhood, whose residents belonged to the “Economically Weaker Sections” or “EWS.”  In short, it was a slum.  It was a place that hundreds of people called home.  And when their homes were about to be demolished for the sake of a shopping mall, the people cried foul.  Did anyone listen? Continue reading


Health Cell 2016 report

At the 2016 AID conference, volunteers talked about building the capacity of AID to work holistically through issue-based cells.  Volunteers interested in agriculture met during the conference and formed the agri cell.  Volunteers interested in restarting the health cell started meeting on the phone and google hangout in July.  Some highlights of health cell activities in 2016: Continue reading


Low-Hanging Fruit

Conference session on Campaigns.

Panelists: Kiran Vissa, Sanjeev Sane, Medha Patkar and S.R. Hiremath.

Moderator: Aravinda

Panelists shared high and low points of their respective struggles and ways to build solidarity.

While many organizations have faced repression for activist work, there are instances when the government acts in the public interest, in response to campaigns by people’s organizations and related movements.  In those cases one has the opportunity to stand with the movements and with those working in the government to respond to people’s concerns.   In business terms, we can call these opportunities “low-hanging fruit” and by availing them, strengthen both ourselves as well as the trees civil society movements] that bear these fruits.

Whenever the government takes a stand by passing a law or a court order in favor of positions that AID stands for, AID can take the opportunity to issue a statement appreciating this move, thereby supporting all who worked for it and also raising greater public awareness of these causes and processes at the ground level.